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Genetic control and the mammalian radiation


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18:30 - 19:30


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Francis Crick Lecture by Dr Duncan Odom

Dr Duncan Odom is based at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge

Dr Duncan Odom

Event details

To grow tissues in our body two key types of DNA control how, where and when to build essential proteins. Recent comparisons of mammal genomes show that instructions coding how to build proteins are similar across diverse species. In contrast the genetic mechanisms directing when cells should create these proteins vary widely, and may even be species specific. Join Dr Odom to learn how mammal cells cope with these surprising variations to grow standard tissues such as liver and muscle, and discover new intriguing evidence that it is the genetic instruction sequences themselves that are at the heart of evolution.

The Francis Crick Lecture is given annually in any field in the biological sciences. Dr Duncan Odom was awarded the 2014 Francis Crick Lecture for his pioneering work in the field of comparative functional genomics, which has changed our understanding of the evolution of mammalian transcriptional regulation.

Attending this event

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